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Monthly Archives: December 2016

It Wasn’t All Bad — 2016 In Review

There was this for one thing. West Fountain Street once again has a fountain (horse watering trough) thanks to the Luongo Square Enhancement project of the West Broadway Neighborhood Association (WBNA). The new bump-out in front of The Avery has been nicely executed with good

Wind Farm Comes Online

Finally, the national news reports on Rhode Island without the obligatory handcuffed politician getting frogmarched into the courthouse. The CBS Evening News recently covered the new wind farm off the coast of Block Island — “Rhode Island offshore wind farm, first in the U.S., to

Weekend In Music

Friday — @Lupo’s, Gogol Bordello, Low Cut Connie @the Met, the Silks, Cactus Attack @Nick-A-Nee’s, Smith & Weeden, Mighty Good Boys @AS220, the Strattones, Su Casa, Hollow Turtle Saturday — @Snookers, the Complaints @the Columbus Theatre upstairs, Julie Rhodes, Arc Iris, She Keeps Bees, Last

Roger Williams Memorial — New Exhibit To Be Installed

Coming soon, “New and Dangerous Opinions.” No word on whether our old friend here will have a role to play in the new installation. And while this weirdly tarted-up mannequin (eyeliner?) has grown on me over the years, it’s quite tall and, ironically,* visitors must

Fun New Year’s At Columbus

It always feels like a party upstairs at the Columbus so New Year’s Eve will be no exception. And who won’t be deliriously happy to be ringing out the old? Headliner Julie Rhodes will help growl in the new year (watch/listen — NPR Tiny Desk)

Chamonix Antiques In Arcade

Check out Chamonix Antiques the new antique home furnishings store on the Westminster side of the Arcade. The eclectic inventory includes posters, carpets, furniture, jewelry, lighting fixtures, wall art, vases, textiles, a globe, all with an emphasis on mid-century modern, art deco, and arts and

Off The Chain — Waterman Street Dog Park

Trust me, there are dogs in this picture, but they didn’t come to the off-leash Waterman Street Dog Park to pose for me. This place is huge and dogs make full use of the opportunity to stretch their legs and because . . . squirrel!

Week In Music

Monday — @Aurora, Pearie Sol, Tiffany’s House, Lady Queen Paradise @the Met, Traverse, Barbarian, the Worst of Me, more Tuesday — @Lupo’s, the White Panda, Lauv Wednesday — @Nick-A-Nee’s, the Gather Rounders Thursday — @Machines With Magnets, Valerie Martino, Sharlyn Evertsz, Andy Borsz, Thornn, Øxømø

Last Minute Shopping — Memberships

And you don’t even have to leave the house. Why not give that special someone a membership to the RISD Museum. Seen here: Elevator Doors/third floor, ca. 2008, unknown artist, aluminum and steel (152 x 166 inches) Or maybe they would like to be a

Steel Yard Studio Restoration

That’s a lot of caulk. Ironically, the fire-breathing forges and furnaces cranking away at the Steel Yard are no match for the icy gusts that blow through in winter. That’s about to get fixed. The Steel Yard has received a $100,000 grant from The Champlin

Weekend In Music

Friday — @the Met, Therefore I Am, Alcoa, Little Tomb, Que Sera @Fête Ballroom, Kataleya @AS220, Pete Siner, Johnny Gates @Firehouse 13, Sasquatch and the Sickabillys (CD Release) Saturday — Christmas Eve (Last minute shopping ideas: turntable, music lessons, records, ukelele, tickets to a show,

Free Admission To RWP Zoo Thru December

Walking around the zoo without all those pesky kids in the way can be fun and several of the animals are famously cold-loving. Unfortunately the moon bears and red pandas were laying low today. The cheetahs on the other hand were putting on a show.

Chess Club/Game Night — 186 Carpenter

(12.21) Local chess maven Jaime Lowe is hosting a special edition of Chess Club and Game Night Wednesday at 186 Carpenter Street. The event is being held in honor of Dan Ginsburg — the public is welcome. (Facebook event page.) According to Dan’s obituary, Dan

Week In Music

Monday — @Aurora, Loone, LaNeve, Flowers & the Ghosts of Insects Tuesday — @AS220, YungViceCity, Sheezter.Pink, Ba$hout, more Wednesday — @AS220, David Carradine, Crippled Beggar, Worst Days, God’s Middle Finger @Aurora, Littleboybigheadonbike, Tiny Diamond, Ian Fitzgerald Thursday — @the Met, Blackletter, Call Security, Emeline @Fête

What Cheer Records Celebrates 17 Years!

(12.18) What Cheer Records and Vintage will be celebrating 17 years in business tomorrow, Sunday, with a party, a 17% off (most items) sale, and a Holiday Open Mike! (Facebook event.) We opened What Cheer Records + Vintage back in the late-1990s. we’re happy to

Eclectic Show At ArtProv Gallery

Someone should buy this thing . . . it’s only $475!* These fabulous steel wire sculptures are one of the many reasons to check out “This & That” a show and sale of one-of-a-kind paintings, sculptures, and ceramics, at ArtProv Gallery, now through January 20th.